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Online Learning

Online learning is an educational process that takes place when the students and instructor are not physically in the same place. Using a computer and an internet Service Provider (ISP), a student can work on coursework where it is most convenient. Even though online classes may be more accessible to a student’s schedule, the content and workload equivalent.

In an online class, the instructor provides instruction and facilitates the learning environment. Students can review course materials online, interact with other students and the instructor via email, chat rooms, threaded discussions, and virtual classroom meetings. An online course may be more demanding than a face-to-face course and require students to have a high degree of self-discipline and motivation to be successful.

Online courses are similar in structure to classroom courses. The courses have a syllabus, weekly assignments, projects, papers and/or tests. Students will do exercises and solve problems either alone or in small groups. Students will interact with classmates and instructors through online communication tools instead of face-to-face interaction.

For online coursework, students should possess basic computer skills. Students should be able to:

  • Send and receive email
  • Attach, send and open documents from email or internet sites
  • Participate in online chats
  • Research topics using web resources and use internet library databases
  • Find and access professional internet sources
  • Use MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs

Blackboard

The Learning Management System (LMS) used by Angelo State University is Blackboard. A LMS is a web-based platform through which instructors can communicate with students, distribute information and facilitate the exchange of ideas, information and resources. A LMS offers students easy and immediate access to discussion forums and chats, course materials, assignments and resources, announcements and course calendars.

Most online courses are asynchronous, or designed so that students can conveniently complete their work via internet access.

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